When Never Becomes Now
By Sandra Hastings
The young man was enthusiastic, energetic, and highly motivated. He was determined to stand true to his leader regardless of the cost. Confident in his own ability, he boasted, “Even if all the others desert you, I will never!”
Yet, only a few hours later, this young man hung his head in shame when he heard a cock crow. He had not only deserted his leader, but he had denied three times that he even knew him. What Peter thought would never happen became reality.
We raised our two daughters to love the Lord and I was sure if they married young, active, Christian men, they would surely live happily ever after. My children would never experience divorce. However, as time went on their marriages encountered major problems and both my daughters went through the heartbreaking, devastation of a divorce. My emotions recoiled in protest. What I had believed would never happen, became reality.
How many of us have said a particular situation or event would never happen to us or to those we love: addiction to alcohol, pornography or drugs, sexual abuse, divorce, an incurable disease, criminal behavior, missing in action or an affair? The list is long of those things which we hope will not and somehow refuse to accept could happen to us personally or to members of our family, and yet, they happen.
I realize many factors contribute to the above scenarios, but I do want to draw our attention to one in particular. We are involved in a serious, spiritual war. This is not a fantasy or the imagination of fanatics. It is reality.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
Our enemy Satan with his angels, though created beings, are more cunning and powerful than we are and have one plan in mind—destruction. Satan is out to destroy testimonies, marriages, families, churches and lives. To accomplish his plan, he cunningly lays traps, waits for the perfect opportunity and preys on our weaknesses and blind spots.
It is easy for us to become busy and preoccupied with life--to become confident in ourselves. However, when this happens, we let down our guard, and our enemy has an open door to attack. As a result, life can take an unexpected turn and we experience like Peter, “never” becoming reality. In our selves, we are no match for our enemy.
The good news is we don’t have to rely on ourselves. We have Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to help us. (James 4:7) Our Lord has also provided the spiritual armor we need and given us the weapon that can defeat anything our enemy throws our way. This weapon is the Word of God and we need to have it in our heart and minds, sharp and ready for action. (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Although our enemy is ruthless, we do not need to be afraid. It is needful for us to take the battle seriously, never to forget we have an enemy, and learn to daily put on our spiritual armor. As the rapture draws closer, our enemy grows stronger. May we heed Peter’s warning to us:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith,” (1Peter 5:8)
May we claim the victory that is ours.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:35 KJV)
© Sandra Hastings, 2011, used with permission.
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Sandra Hastings is married and has been in full-time Christian ministry for forty-four years. She has been a missionary working with German nationals for thirty-eight years. She has spoken at ladies retreats and seminars in Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Siberia, Holland, and the U.S.
Sandra has written various Bible studies for women and teens, and in 2007, she self-published a book about defeating depression. Approximately 2,000 copies are now in circulation.
She also maintains a web-site, More-than-Survival, where she posts a new Devotion every week.
Sandra has a degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered nurse in the States. She graduated from three years of Bible College and has a Masters degree in Theology.
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